Dr. Sanderson shares how radiation and chemotherapy treatments are administered to lung cancer patients.
Radiation therapy is done with a variety of local and external radiation sources. There’s no drug or chemical employed in the radiation, per se, although they are often used in conjunction with one another. Chemotherapy or drug and chemical agents that are targeted, they are used to target the specific tumor.
One of the difficult problems is that many of the chemotherapeutic agents have side effects that make the patient uncomfortable and have serious problems associated with those. So we are constantly looking for better chemotherapeutic agents that would target the tumor alone and not do harm to the patient otherwise.
About Dr. Sanderson, M.D.:
Dr. David R. Sanderson, M.D., practices at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, specializing in pulmonary care. Dr. Sanderson attended the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. He completed his residency and fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.